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Monday, May 22, 2017

Review of the Nikon F5 film camera

Note: AmateurNikon and its staff (meaning just yours truly) will slow down for the summer vacation - from where I'll hopefully have a lot of interesting photos and photography stories to share. In the meanwhile, take a look at the literally hundreds of articles and reviews hosted by AmateurNikon. I should be back with new articles at the end of June or beginning of July. 

General

A film review, after some time. I'd tried the Nikon F5 when I was looking for a go-to film camera for my "film adventure", a couple of years ago. I'd tried several other film cameras then, and picked three to take a closer look at. The Nikon F5 was not one of them, and I ended up selling it after trying it out for a short while - I didn't even bother writing a review then. So, why suddenly now? Because I saw somewhere online someone suggesting it as the "only film camera you'll even need". I'm very suspicious of such blanket statements, not necessarily because the Nikon F5 wouldn't be such a camera (more of that in a while), but because it wouldn't necessarily be such a camera for everyone.


Pros/Cons

+ a tank, period. Super construction quality, it will take a very thorough beating
+ its matrix metering must be one of the best in the film camera world, if not actually the best.
+ Very deep customization...


Friday, May 12, 2017

How to Scan Color Negative in Photoshop

Another Photoshop tutorial for today. It's a simple but very useful procedure that shows you how to properly scan color film negative for Photoshop use. To clarify, I begin by assuming you have already scanned the negative, and you try to figure out how to proceed.

Perhaps you thought that all it would take would be to apply an "Inverse" filter. But then you realized the result didn't look like a photo positive. The reason is that color films come with a color cast that needs to be removed.

At this point, let's take a step back in my... assumption. Because the step one of the procedure is...

1. When you scan the negative, make sure you leave a bit of the area outside the frame. You can crop it out later, but it is essential in order to remove the color cast.

Make sure to leave some area outside the image frame, where the film is unexposed.

Friday, May 5, 2017

5 Hidden Features in Photoshop

Photoshop is one of the most flexible image manipulation programs out there, and although several other exist for the less-than-advanced user, Photoshop does remain the rightful king. In fact, it is so flexible and powerful that there are even pros (especially of an older generation) that don't know how to use it to its fullest.

There is no shame in that - I don't claim to know everything there is to know about Photoshop - and, furthermore, Photoshop remains a set of tools. Just like you might buy a full box of screwdrivers and pliers and end up using only half of them, Photoshop might contain some features that you haven't discovered because, simply put, you don't miss them.

But could it be so that you would have use for some of them, if you knew they existed? This is what today's article will deal with: discovering hidden Photoshop features. Of course, by "hidden" I don't mean they are locked, invisible, or anything of the sort. Consider them hidden... in plain sight. But either due to their special nature or the inherent difficulty in deploying them, most users are probably unaware of them.

This is the original image on which we'll be doing all our corrections/examples


Without further delay, let's have a look!